The UNIQ biochemistry course is the ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself in all things Biochemistry and everything that Oxford has to offer you. There is no better way to work out whether Biochemistry at Oxford is right for you than to dive in at the deep end and spend a week balancing a new subject and a new city.
This is your chance to sample life as an undergraduate. Whether it be your first time in a proper laboratory or getting used to the style of lectures and tutorials, the week gives you a very accurate whistle-stop tour of what it’s all about. With a mixture of seminars you get to explore a wide variety of topics, ranging from protein folding to mass spectrometry, all of which are relevant to the first year undergraduate course. You will have the chance to go through aspects you find particularly interesting with your mentor (a current Biochemistry student) who will help you prepare for your first tutorial, building upon the preparatory reading you will be given prior to UNIQ. The tutorial is a fantastic opportunity to experience a unique aspect of Oxbridge education and has parallels with an interview, in that it is simply a chat about Biochemistry with an Oxford academic.
During the week you will have access to the fantastic resources we have to offer, like the Radcliffe Science Library and our teaching laboratories. You will spend a couple of afternoons in the lab doing some of the first year experiments such as purifying proteins and testing your own DNA. These labs are the best way to get over any nerves you have concerning the practical aspect of the course, giving you a chance to make the necessary mistakes whilst building your confidence in fundamental lab techniques.
Seeing as Biochemistry isn’t strictly a course that is studied in school, the experience that UNIQ offers is invaluable. You will be encouraged to develop your ability to work independently and to direct your own study, both of which are key aspects of student life. The aim of this course is to demonstrate what it is really like to read Biochemistry at Oxford and to help you decide whether it is right for you.